NBA Trade Deadline: Phoenix Suns Acquire Aaron Brooks

Jason KarlAnalyst IIIFebruary 24, 2011

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 10:  Aaron Brooks #0 of the Houston Rockets celebrates his three point shot in the second half against the Boston Celtics on January 10, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  The Rockets defeated the Celtics 108-102. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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According to sources, the Suns have agreed to trade point guard Goren Dragic and a first-round pick to the Houston Rockets for Aaron Brooks

The 24-year-old Dragic, who came up big in last postseason, has been averaging 7.4 points, 3.1 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game.

Dragic played backup to star Steve Nash.

The 26-year-old Brooks had a career year last season. He averaged 19.6 points and 5.3 assists per game, while leading the league in three-pointers.

This season, after an early injury, Brooks does not seem like the same player, mainly because he has to come off the bench to back up Kyle Lowry.

Brooks had fallen out of favor of Rockets coach Rick Adelman, and even stormed off the court at one point of the year.

Brooks has averaged 11.6 points and 3.8 assists per game in 24 minutes of play, down from the 36 he played last year.

Since the 6'1'' Brooks is a sharp-shooter, he needs time to get a feel for the game, but playing off the bench has disrupted his rhythm. 

Brooks now seems to be the heir apparent to Steve Nash, who is a free agent after next season.

Most expected Nash to be traded before the deadline, but the Suns had a firm stance on keeping one of the most popular players on the team.

Brooks said he was happy to back up Nash in Phoenix, "I'll wait in line. That dude is a legend, MVP and a Hall of Famer. I'm ready to go be behind him and learn from him, just come in and help the team. It offers me a fresh start. I'm ready to go."

Looks like Aaron Brooks needed a change of scenery, but will he take advantage of it?